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    • ISBN:9781444765670
    • Publication date:25 Oct 2012

Freelance Death

William Dougal Crime Series Book 5

By Andrew Taylor

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The fifth book in the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from Richard & Judy bestselling author and CWA Dagger winner Andrew Taylor.

The fifth part of the acclaimed William Dougal crime series, from the bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London.

Rod Lorton wants revenge. After his wife's death, he discovers unsavoury truths about her and her former employer, PR chief Ivor Newley.

Called in to investigate Lorton's new-found enemy, private detective William Dougal uncovers a weakness to exploit: Newley's rare collection of coins, coins that would leave Newley susceptible to blackmail if the collection were to disappear . . .

That was the plan. But the outcome throws up something far more sinister and infinitely more dangerous than Dougal could have expected. For instead of being met with a bundle of cash when he arrives to seal the deal, the only payment Dougal is faced with is a corpse.

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  • ISBN: 9781444765663
  • Publication date: 22 Nov 2012
  • Page count: 208
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
Taylor's fifth witty and intricate story about amiable, amoral William Dougal moves him even closer to the top of the British first division. — Time Out
A wonderful book, funny and inventive, well plotted and characterised. Dougal, the not quite amoral, redeemingly imperfect Machiaval and skinflint child of fortune, is one of the most likeable sleuths on the circuit — Oxford Times
Sparky and humorous writing — The Times
Neatly put together, witty and fast-moving. — The Sunday Times
Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller. — Daily Telegraph
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